IT’S has had more false starts than most Olympic sprinters, but ITV’s hot new sports challenge program is finally on the right track.
Now known simply as The Games, its first big-name signing was pretty impressive, with bosses persuading Mark Wright to sign on the dotted line.
Former semi-professional soccer player turned Tim FM The radio presenter will soon begin rehearsing for the show, which is slated to air in the spring.
A source from the phone said: “Mark is the first big name confirmed to join The Games.
“He absolutely loves a challenge and will do his best to win.
“Mark is really competitive and will try to push himself to his limits in practice to make sure he is in top shape for the show.
“He is a great footballer but when it comes to the sports seen at the Olympics, including sprinting and javelin, Mark is still a novice.
“Mark doesn’t tend to do challenge shows but the Olympics are a really exciting opportunity to try and excel at something new, so he jumped at the opportunity when he realized he was in trouble. day can come.”
The source added: “His wife Michelle Keegan would be there cheering him on if she was allowed to.”
The show, formerly known as The Real Game 2022, has been pushed back several times because of the pandemic.
It was originally supposed to air in the same year as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Stars including Christine McGuinness have also had advanced talks to join.
The show will be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff when it finally premieres.
I’m going to give ITV bosses a gold medal just for getting it.
After life returns
AFTER Life made a spectacular comeback with its third series over the weekend, but its screenwriter and star Ricky Gervais is talking about a spin-off.
And at the top of the list of ideas was coming up with a show for Ken Otley, the showbiz employee on the Netflix hit.
Ricky said: “Ken Otley started out as a main character. Years ago, I had the idea for the character of Ken Otley, and I was going to play him and it was going to be a pseudo-documentary about someone on the periphery of fanfare.
“He’s going to be this sad agent who lives above a store somewhere and gets the scum of the entertainment industry.”
Ricky added: “Then After Life was born. I think this could be a good character to have in After Life. Of course I can’t play him. That would be a bit weird.”
Vicky: I avoided makeup
SHE’S became one of the broadcaster’s busiest leading ladies, but you won’t see Vicky McClure acting like a diva.
The actress decided to avoid makeup for her role as bomb disposal expert Lana on Trigger Point to try to encourage others to feel comfortable in their own skin.
“I feel a bit of a responsibility,” she told Radio Times.
“There is so much pressure on people, especially through social media. I want to get the message across that you don’t really need makeup.
“It’s important to strip everything and be comfortable.
“My body is not completely toned; everyone will see the real Vicky, as does Lana. I’m not hiding anything.”
Green Screen Goddess of Liberty
LOVE Islander Liberty Poole transforms into a green screen goddess before appearing on Dancing On Ice this weekend.
Model Brummie has revealed some of the behind-the-scenes tricks used to make the goofy promotional images for the ITV show, which premieres Sunday night.
Former Nando waitress Liberty will join the rink alongside pro partner and new boy Joe Johnson.
And unlike on Love Island, for which Liberty appears in 2021, she would be expected to stay with him for the entire series.
AUSSIE tennis legend Pat Cash is a well-known anti-vaxxer who refused to take a Covid hit.
But that doesn’t stop him from being a part of The Masked Singer on ITV, where he was announced as Bagpipes last Saturday.
And he thinks he’s perfectly safe on set – because he’s wrapped in a big costume.
“There was a lot of security and testing and all that going on, so I did what I had to,” Pat said.
“So you know you followed the process, everyone did it, and more than anything, we were completely covered up, covered up and everything else.
“The production office used to guess that being around the contestants was actually the safest place because they were all covered up and wearing balaclavas and everything else was up to us.”
Nina looked at Walford again
SERIOUS star Nina Wadia has made a ‘come and get me’ plea to EastEnders bosses.
The actress, who has played Zainab Masood, says she is ready to return to BBC radio nine years after leaving.
Nina said: “There is always a chance to come back. If Enders calls us and says come back, we’ll be happy to go.
“We’ve had the time of our lives to do that show.”
And Nina, who appeared last year in Stephen Merchant’s The Outlaws argues that Masoods played an important part in promoting the diversity of BBC soaps.
She added: “I hope there are families like Masoods that have opened more doors for Asian characters. That is necessary. “
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8221514/mark-wright-itv-the-games-michelle-keegan/ Mark Wright signed up for the challenge program The Games and Michelle Keegan will be there cheering him on… if she’s allowed